Depression and anxiety are something I’ve struggled with for years. I’m not on any medication, so I try to help improve my mental health with counselling and self-care. Counselling has been something that has helped a lot, and I recommend it to anybody who has access to it! However, I’m not in counselling all the time. The rest of the time, my mental health is down to me.
I had heard about CBD oil before for things like pain relief, and have only recently heard about its uses for anxiety through Helen Anderson. Not long after, I was approached by a company called Salve Herbal who kindly gifted me one of their 5% CBD oils! Over the last month I’ve been trying out their product and seeing how it would help me with my anxiety and sleep (as I’ve also heard it can improve sleep quality).
CBD oil has loads of benefits (some which still being researched) such as pain relief, migraine relief, helping manage anxiety and depression, acne, insomnia, nausea, lowering high blood pressure, neurological disorders, and the list goes on! I never realised how many benefits that CBD oil has until I started to look into it further. There are more illnesses that it is suspected to help, however if I continue to list them my blog might end up turning into a medical dictionary!
The one thing I think everybody thinks, no matter how many times they read otherwise, is that CBD will make you feel high. While the chemical component does come from the cannabis plant, it isn’t psychoactive. So, it will not make you feel high. Despite knowing this, I was still convinced it would happen when I first took the oil. It doesn’t make you feel woozy or weird in any way! You can do about your day as usual, running errands, driving, working, etc. It won’t stop you from doing anything, which I’ll admit was a worry of mine.
When it comes to taking the oil, I’m sure every one has different instructions depending on the brand and the strength. My particular bottle is 5% hemp oil, and instructs you to use 10-15 drops under the tongue. You hold the drops in your mouth for 1 minute exactly, and then swallow. It’s as easy as that! I take mine twice a day, as instructed, and it is recommended to be used as a meal supplement. However, I have often taken CBD oil on an empty stomach and it has still worked well for me!
My main problems that I hoped CBD oil would help me with is my anxiety and broken sleep. I don’t have insomnia, but I will more than often wake up 5-10 times a night. Most of the time I will fall back asleep soon after, however it leaves me feeling groggy most days.
I can’t say definitively that it helps me sleep better. I did think this one would be a tricky one to judge, though. My sleep quality fluctuates (and I also have a dog who loves to climb onto my bed in the middle of the night and continuously move, wake me up and lie on top of me. This doesn’t help…). Although, one night I took some before bed after 2 glasses of wine, and my sleep that night was odd. It was almost like I had gone to sleep very drunk, which after 2 glasses of wine, I wasn’t. That has been my only strange experience with CBD so far!
I will say that, like with any supplement, it may take awhile before it starts working properly. So it might just be that it could take longer to help with my sleep than it has with my anxiety – or it might not help at all! I’m going to continue to take the CBD oil, and I’ll come back and update you if anything changes!
It has helped with my anxiety – I am definitely less fearful of getting murdered at night (courtesy of all the true crime I’ve watched/read over the years!). On a serious note, I am more active in getting up and out of the house in the mornings which is something my anxiety forbids me from doing. I still have my bad days, of course. It’s not medication, or a cure! But it helps to take the edge off, and helps me struggle less in situations where I usually would.
I didn’t notice the full effect it was having until I stopped using it one day. I was feeling slightly ill, and decided against putting things into my body that wasn’t going to benefit it. It could’ve been a coincidence, because I was run down, the lack of CBD oil, or a combination, but I felt very anxious. I was feeling very low, too, and was quite teary! I’m finding it hard to paint a picture in words of how this day was for me, but it was the lowest I had felt in awhile.
In hindsight, I think it was a combination of feeling ill and not taking the CBD oil that day. I don’t want to come across as dependent on it; I don’t think that’s even possible! CBD isn’t an “I must take it, otherwise my day is going to be awful” thing. Like I said earlier, it isn’t a cure, and it just takes the edge off. I truly believe if I had taken it, I definitely would still be anxious, but I wouldn’t have been as anxious. The next few days of not taking it were, again, low days. Starting taking it again helped take the edge off everyday anxieties (I just can’t stop using this phrase, can I?).
My last counsellor used to describe depression and anxiety medication as something that used to narrow the bandwidth of the extremities. So bad days weren’t as bad as they used to be, but equally, for some people, the good days never felt as good either. Medication and its effects are different for everybody, and having never been on any I can’t say for certain that this is truly what it feels like. However, this is the analogy that I’ve been thinking of while I’ve been writing this blog post. CBD oil, for me, hasn’t been some extreme, amazing cure for my anxiety. Although, it has helped narrow the bandwidth of the bad feelings on the bad days. It has helped me a lot over the last month!
I hope you liked this post, and I hope it has helped anybody who has been considering using CBD oil. If anybody has any questions, please ask me! Leave a comment, or I can be found on Twitter and Instagram for more in depth chats. And one last big thanks to Salve Herbal who kindly gifted me my bottle!
Have you thought about using, or used CBD oil before? What was your experience? Let me know in the comments!
Until next time,